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Encyclopedia > Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 2005

The 2005 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) held an election to select from among recent players, and the Veterans Committee held a separate election to select from among players retired for over 20 years. The induction ceremonies were held on July 31 in Cooperstown, with Commissioner Bud Selig presiding. // Athletics Mens 100 metres - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new world record of 9. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display... Founded in 1908 as the Baseball Writers Association of America, the BBWAA is a professional association for baseball journalists writing for daily newspapers and magazines. ... The Veterans Committee, officially the Committee on Baseball Veterans, is a committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame that provides a second chance for Hall of Fame election to players passed over in regular Hall of Fame balloting. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... Cooperstown is a village located in Otsego County, New York and is the County Seat. ... Allan Huber Bud Selig (born July 30, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is the current Commissioner of Baseball, having been formally appointed on July 2, 1998 after having served as acting commissioner since 1992. ...

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The BBWAA election

The BBWAA was again authorized to elect players active in 1985 or later, but not after 1999; the ballot included candidates from the 2004 ballot who received at least 5% of the vote but were not elected, along with selected players, chosen by a screening committee, whose last appearance was in 1999. All 10-year members of the BBWAA were eligible to vote.


Voters were instructed to cast votes for up to 10 candidates; any candidate receiving votes on at least 75% of the ballots would be honored with induction to the Hall. Results of the 2005 election by the BBWAA were announced on January 4. The ballot consisted of 27 players; 516 ballots were cast, with 387 votes required for election. A total of 3263 individual votes were cast, an average of 6.32 per ballot. Those candidates receiving less than 5% of the vote (26 votes) will not appear on future BBWAA ballots, but may eventually be considered by the Veterans Committee. January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Candidates who were eligible for the first time are indicated here with a †. The two candidates who received at least 75% of the vote and were elected are indicated in bold italics; candidates who have since been selected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics. The 10 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

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The Veterans Committee

Rules enacted in August 2001 provided that the Veterans Committee would be expanded from its previous 15 members, elected to limited terms, to include the full living membership of the Hall. Elections for players retired over 20 years would be held every other year, with elections of non-players (managers, umpires and executives) held every fourth year. No candidates were elected from either ballot in 2003. Following 2004, when no Veterans election was held, the Committee voted in 2005 on players who were active no later than 1983; the next such election will be in 2007. There was no 2005 election for non-players; the last such election was in 2003, and the next is scheduled for 2007. In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... Home plate umpire Gary Darling signals that the last pitch was a strike In baseball, the umpire is the person charged with officiating the game, including beginning and ending the game, enforcing the rules of the game and the grounds, making judgment calls on plays, and meting out discipline. ...


Preliminary phase

In December 2003, a Historical Overview Committee of 9 sportswriters appointed by the BBWAA's Board of Directors met at the Hall of Fame's library to develop a list of 200 former players who merited consideration for election but played no later than 1983. They were provided with statistical information by the Elias Sports Bureau, official statistician for Major League Baseball since the 1920s, which also identified the 1,400 players with 10 or more years of play who were eligible. The members of the Historical Overview Committee were: Bob Elliott (Toronto Sun), Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau), Rick Hummel (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Moss Klein (Newark Star-Ledger), Bill Madden (New York Daily News), Ken Nigro (former Baltimore Sun writer), Jack O'Connell (The Hartford Courant), Tracy Ringolsby (Rocky Mountain News), and Mark Whicker (Orange Country Register). The Elias Sports Bureau is a company that provide historical research and statistical services in the field of professional sports. ... The Toronto Sun is an English language daily newspaper published in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... The St. ... The Star-Ledger is the leading newspaper in New Jersey and ranks number 16 in total circulation for U.S. daily newspapers. ... Daily News Building, Raymond Hood, architect, rendering by Hugh Ferriss. ... The Sun is the major newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland, with a daily press run of 247,193 copies and a Sunday run of 418,670 copies (9/30/05 Audit Bureau of Circulations report). ... The Hartford Courant is Connecticuts largest daily newspaper, and the only morning newspaper for most of the state north of New Haven and east of Waterbury. ... The Rocky Mountain News is a daily morning tabloid-format newspaper published in Denver, Colorado. ...


After conducting further research, the committee's final selections were announced on April 19, 2004, and were forwarded to a 60-member BBWAA screening committee which included two sportswriters from each major league city. This committee conducted a vote in summer 2004 to select 25 players who would appear on the final ballot, with each member voting for 25 candidates; a separate 6-member committee of current members of the Hall independently selected 5 candidates who would be added to the ballot if not selected by the BBWAA committee. The 200 players considered by the screening committee, with those newly eligible since 2003 indicated with a †, were: April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ...


Babe Adams - Joe Adcock - Dick Allen - Felipe Alou - Sal Bando - Dick Bartell - Ginger Beaumont - †Mark Belanger - Wally Berger - Bobby Bonds - Ken Boyer - Harry Brecheen - Tommy Bridges - Pete Browning - Charlie Buffinton - Lew Burdette - George H. Burns - George J. Burns - Dolph Camilli - †Bert Campaneris - Bob Caruthers - George Case - Norm Cash - Phil Cavarretta - Spud Chandler - Ben Chapman - Rocky Colavito - Mort Cooper - Walker Cooper - Wilbur Cooper - Doc Cramer - Del Crandall - Gavvy Cravath - Lave Cross - Mike Cuellar - Bill Dahlen - Alvin Dark - Jake Daubert - Tommy Davis - Willie Davis - Paul Derringer - Dom DiMaggio - Patsy Donovan - Larry Doyle - Jimmy Dykes - Bob Elliott - Del Ennis - Carl Erskine - Elroy Face - Wes Ferrell - Freddie Fitzsimmons - Curt Flood - Bill Freehan - Jim Fregosi - Carl Furillo - Mike Garcia - Junior Gilliam - Jack Glasscock - Joe Gordon - Charlie Grimm - Dick Groat - Heinie Groh - Stan Hack - Harvey Haddix - Mel Harder - Jeff Heath - Tommy Henrich - Babe Herman - Pinky Higgins - John Hiller - Gil Hodges - Ken Holtzman - Willie Horton - Elston Howard - Frank Howard - Dummy Hoy - Larry Jackson - Jackie Jensen - Sam Jethroe - Bob L. Johnson - Davey Johnson - Joe Judge - †Jim Kaat - Willie Kamm - Ken Keltner - Don Kessinger - Johnny Kling - Ted Kluszewski - Ray Kremer - Harvey Kuenn - Joe Kuhel - Vern Law - Sam Leever - Mickey Lolich - Sherm Lollar - Herman Long - Eddie Lopat - Dolf Luque - †Sparky Lyle - Sal Maglie - Jim Maloney - Firpo Marberry - Marty Marion - Roger Maris - Mike G. Marshall - Pepper Martin - †Lee May - Carl Mays - Tim McCarver - Frank McCormick - Lindy McDaniel - Gil McDougald - Sam McDowell - Stuffy McInnis - Denny McLain - Roy McMillan - Dave McNally - Andy Messersmith - Bob Meusel - Irish Meusel - Bing Miller - Stu Miller - Minnie Minoso - Terry Moore - Tony Mullane - Thurman Munson - †Bobby Murcer - Johnny Murphy - Buddy Myer - Art Nehf - Don Newcombe - Bobo Newsom - Lefty O'Doul - Tony Oliva - Claude Osteen - Andy Pafko - Milt Pappas - Camilo Pascual - Ron Perranoski - Jim Perry - Johnny Pesky - Rico Petrocelli - Deacon Phillippe - Billy Pierce - Vada Pinson - Wally Pipp - Johnny Podres - Boog Powell - Jack Quinn - Vic Raschi - Ed Reulbach - Allie Reynolds - Eddie Rommel - Charlie Root - Al Rosen - Schoolboy Rowe - Pete Runnels - Jimmy Ryan - Johnny Sain - Ron Santo - Hank Sauer - Wally Schang - George Scott - Rip Sewell - Bob Shawkey - Urban Shocker - Roy Sievers - Curt Simmons - †Reggie Smith - Vern Stephens - Riggs Stephenson - Mel Stottlemyre - Harry Stovey - Jesse Tannehill - Tony Taylor - Johnny Temple - Fred Tenney - Bobby Thomson - †Luis Tiant - Mike Tiernan - Joe Torre - Cecil Travis - Hal Trosky - Virgil Trucks - Johnny Vander Meer - George Van Haltren - Bobby Veach - Mickey Vernon - Dixie Walker - Bucky Walters - Lon Warneke - Will White - Cy Williams - Ken R. Williams - Maury Wills - Smokey Joe Wood - Wilbur Wood - Glenn Wright - Jimmy Wynn - Rudy York Charles Benjamin Babe Adams (May 18, 1882 _ July 27, 1968) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1906 to 1926, almost entirely with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Joseph Wilbur Adcock (October 30, 1927 - May 3, 1999) was a Major League Baseball first baseman/outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1950-52), Boston & Milwaukee Braves (1953-62), Cleveland Indians (1963), and Los Angeles & California Angels (1964-66). ... Dick Allen Richard Anthony Dick Allen (also sometimes known, especially in his earlier years, as Richie Allen, a nickname that he came to despise and attempt to disassociate himself from) (born March 8, 1942 in Wampum, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman/third baseman right-handed batter... Felipe Rojas Alou (born May 12, 1935 in Haina, Dominican Republic) was a professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, and Milwaukee Brewers. ... Sal Bando, born Salvatore Leonard Bando (February 13, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio), is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City & Oakland Athletics (1966-76) and Milwaukee Brewers (1977-81). ... Richard William (Dick) Bartell (November 22, 1907 - August 4, 1995) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. ... Clarence Howeth Ginger Beaumont (July 23, 1876 - April 10, 1956) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who spent most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1899-1906) and Boston Braves (1907-09). ... Mark Henry Belanger (June 8, 1944 - October 6, 1998) was an American Major League Baseball player. ... Walter Anton (Wally) Berger (October 10, 1905 - November 30, 1988) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... Bobby Lee Bonds (March 15, 1946 – August 23, 2003) was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1968 to 1981. ... Kenton Lloyd Boyer (May 20, 1931 - September 7, 1982) was an American All-Star third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Harry David Brecheen (October 14, 1914 - January 17, 2004) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who won three games in the 1946 World Series for the St. ... Thomas Jefferson Davis Tommy Bridges (December 28, 1906 - April 19, 1968) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers from 1930 to 1946. ... Pete Browning on a 1888-1889 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Old Judge (N173)). Louis Rogers Pete Browning (June 17, 1861 - September 10, 1905) was an early star of Major League Baseball. ... Charles G. Buffinton, born Buffington (June 14, 1861 - September 23, 1907) was a Major League pitcher from 1882 to 1892 for the Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters, Philadelphia Quakers, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Reds, and the Baltimore Orioles. ... Lew Burdette, born Selva Lewis Burdette, Jr. ... George Henry Burns (January 31, 1893 - January 7, 1978) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... George Burns (NL) - 1922 V100 card, courtesy of Brian Van Horn George Joseph Burns (November 24, 1889 - August 15, 1966) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Adolph Louis (Dolph) Camilli (April 23, 1907 - October 21, 1997) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Dagoberto Campaneris Blanco (born March 9, 1942 in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba), best known as Bert Campaneris and nicknamed Campy, is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City & Oakland Athletics (1964-76), Texas Rangers (1977-79), California Angels (1979_81) and New York Yankees (1983). ... Robert Lee Caruthers (nickname Parisian Bob) (January 5, 1864 Memphis, TN - August 5, 1911 Peoria, IL) was a pitcher who had a 9 year career. ... George Washington Case (November 11, 1915 - January 23, 1989) was an American left and right fielder in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Washington Senators. ... Norman Dalton Cash (November 10, 1934 - October 12, 1986) was a Major League Baseball first baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Chicago White Sox (1958-1959) and Detroit Tigers (1960-1974). ... Philip Joseph Cavarretta (born July 19, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former first baseman and outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs for 19 consecutive seasons (1934-1953) and the Chicago White Sox (1954-1955). ... Spurgeon Ferdinand Chandler (September 12, 1907 - January 9, 1990) was a right-handed major league starting pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1937 through 1947. ... William Benjamin Chapman (December 25, 1908, Nashville, Tennessee - July 7, 1993, Hoover, Alabama) was an outfielder, pitcher, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball. ... Rocky Colavito on the cover of Time in 1959 Rocco Domenico Rocky Colavito (born August 10, 1933 in New York, NY) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder (primarily playing right field, but also at the other outfield positions, as well as a small number of games as a pitcher... Morton Cecil Cooper (March 2, 1913 - November 17, 1958) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the St. ... William Walker Cooper (January 8, 1915 - April 11, 1991) was a catcher in Major League Baseball. ... Arley Wilbur Cooper (February 24, 1892 - August 7, 1973) was a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher, who is one of the Top 100 winning pitchers of all time as of 2005. ... Roger Maxwell Doc Cramer (July 22, 1905 - September 9, 1990), born in Beach Haven, New Jersey, was a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who played in the American League for the Philadelphia Athletics (1929-35), Boston Red Sox (1936-40), Washington Senators (1941) and Detroit Tigers... Del Crandall on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1958. ... Gavvy Cravath on a 1909-11 American Tobacco Company baseball card (White Borders (T206)). Clifford Carlton Gavvy Cravath (March 23, 1881 - May 23, 1963), also nicknamed Cactus, was a right fielder and right-handed batter in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox (1908), Chicago White Sox... Lave Cross (12 May 1866 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 6 September 1927 in Toledo, Ohio) was an American baseball player. ... Miguel Angel Cuellar Santana (born May 8, 1937 in Santa Clara, Cuba), best known as Mike Cuellar (coo-Eh-yar), is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Redlegs (1959), St. ... William Frederick Dahlen (January 5, 1870 - December 5, 1950), nicknamed Bad Bill for his ferocious temperament, was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball in the 1890s and 1900s, and was also a manager in the 1910s. ... Alvin Ralph Dark (born January 7, 1922 in Comanche, Oklahoma), nicknamed Blackie and The Swamp Fox, is a former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Categories: 1884 births | 1924 deaths | Baseball players | Brooklyn Robins players | Brooklyn Superbas players | Cincinnati Reds players | Baseball stubs ... Tommy Davis (born Herman Thomas Davis Jr. ... Topps baseball card - 1964 Series, #068 William Henry (Willie) Davis (born April 15, 1940 in Mineral Springs, Arkansas) is a former player in Major League Baseball. ... Samuel Paul Derringer (October 17, 1906 Springfield, KY - November 17, 1987 Sarasota, FL) was a pitcher with a 15 year career from 1931 to 1945. ... Dominic Paolo DiMaggio (born February 12, 1917 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball center fielder, and the brother of Joe DiMaggio and Vince DiMaggio. ... Patrick Joseph (Patsy) Donovan (March 16, 1865 - December 25, 1953) was a right fielder and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Larry Doyle on a 1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card. ... James Joseph Dykes (November 10, 1896 - June 15, 1976) was a Major League Baseball infielder, manager and coach. ... Robert Irving Elliott (November 26, 1916 - May 4, 1966) was a third baseman, outfielder, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball. ... Del Ennis - Topps baseball card - 1952 Series, #223 Delmer Ennis (June 8, 1925 - February 8, 1996) was a [right/[left fielder]] in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1946-56), St. ... Carl Daniel Erskine (born December 13, 1926 in Anderson, Indiana) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Brooklyn & Los Angeles Dodgers from 1948 through 1959. ... Elroy Leon Face (born February 20, 1928 in Stephentown, New York) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955-68), Detroit Tigers (1968) and Montreal Expos (1969). ... Wes Ferrell with the Red Sox Wesley Cheek Ferrell (February 2, 1908 - December 9, 1976) was a right-handed pitcher also known for his hitting, and a member of the first American League All-Star team in 1933. ... Frederick Landis Fitzsimmons (July 28, 1901 - November 18, 1979) was an American right-handed pitcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball who played from 1925-1943, twelve and a half seasons with the New York Giants and six and a half with the Brooklyn Dodgers. ... Curt Flood challenged Major League Baseballs reserve clause. ... William Ashley Freehan (born November 29, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played his 15_year career with the Detroit Tigers (1961, 1963-76). ... James Louis Fregosi (born April 4, 1942 in San Francisco, California) is a former player and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Carl Anthony Furillo (March 8, 1922 - January 21, 1989) was an American Major League Baseball right fielder and right-handed batter who played his entire career for the Brooklyn & Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Edward Miguel Mike García (November 17, 1923 - January 13th, 1986) was a Major League Baseball player of Mexican-Indian descent who was one of the Cleveland Indians The Big Four pitching staff in the 1950s. ... James William Gilliam (October 17, 1928 - October 8, 1978) was an African-American Major League Baseball player. ... Categories: Stub | Baseball players | Cleveland Blues players | Cincinnati Outlaw Reds players | St. ... Joseph Lowell Flash Gordon (February 18, 1915 - April 14, 1978) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Charlie Grimm (August 28, 1898 - November 15, 1983), was a popular major league baseball first baseman and manager, sometime radio broadcaster, and generally a goodwill ambassador for baseball. ... Richard Morrow Groat (born November 4, 1930 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball who played with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1952, 1955-62), St. ... Heinie Groh (September 18, 1889 - August 22, 1968) was a professional baseball player during the early 1900s, most famous for his unique hitting instrument - the bottle bat. ... Stan Hack, a major league baseball player known as Smilin Stan for his good-natured appearance, was the regular third baseman for the Chicago Cubs during one of their greatest runs as a franchise, from the early 1930s to the mid 1940s. ... Pitcher Harvey Haddix on a 1963 Topps Baseball Card Harvey Haddix, Jr. ... Melvin Leroy Harder (October 15, 1909 - October 20, 2002), nicknamed Chief, was a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who later became a highly regarded pitching coach. ... John Geoffrey (Jeff) Heath (April 1, 1915 - December 9, 1975) was a Canadian left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians (1936-1945), Washington Senators (1946), St. ... Thomas David (Tommy) Henrich (born February 20, 1913 in Massillon, Ohio) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the New York Yankees (1937-42, 1946-50). ... Floyd Caves Babe Herman (June 26, 1903 - November 27, 1987) was an American Major League Baseball player. ... Michael Franklin Pinky Higgins (May 27, 1909 - March 21, 1969) was a Major League Baseball player for three teams and the manager or general manager of the Boston Red Sox during the period of 1955 through 1965. ... John Fredrick Hiller (born April 8, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) was a Canadian relief pitcher who played his entire career for the Detroit Tigers. ... Gil Hodges (April 4, 1924 - April 2, 1972) was an American baseball player in Major League Baseball. ... Ken Holtzman was a major league baseball pitcher, mostly for the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics. ... Willie Watterson Horton (born October 18, 1942 in Arno, Virginia) is a former left fielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers for the majority of his career. ... Elston Gene Howard (February 23, 1929-December 14, 1980) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Frank Oliver Howard (born August 8, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder/first baseman, coach and manager. ... William Ellsworth Dummy Hoy (May 23, 1862 - December 15, 1961) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Topps baseball card - 1957 Series, #196   Lawrence Curtis (Larry) Jackson (June 2, 1931 - August 28, 1990) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St. ... Jack Eugene Jensen (March 9, 1927 - July 14, 1982), born in San Francisco, California, was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the New York Yankees (1950-52), Washington Senators (1952-53) and Boston Red Sox (1954-59, 1961). ... Samuel Jethroe (January 20, 1918 - June 18, 2001) was a center fielder in the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball. ... Robert Lee Johnson, Jr. ... David Allen Johnson (born January 30, 1943) in Orlando, Florida is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Joseph Ignatius (Joe) Judge (May 25, 1894 - March 11, 1963) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Pitcher Jim Kaat James Lee Kaat (born November 7, 1938 in Zeeland, Michigan), nicknamed Kitty, is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Washington Senators (I)/Minnesota Twins (1959-1973), Chicago White Sox (1973-1975), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-1979), New York Yankees (1979-1980), and St. ... William Edward Kamm (February 2, 1900 - December 21, 1988) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1923 until he was traded mid-season in 1931 to the Cleveland Indians, where he finished his career. ... Kenneth Fredrick Keltner (October 31, 1916 - December 12, 1991) was a Major League third basemen who played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians, except for his final season, when he played 13 games as a Boston Red Sox. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Categories: 1875 births | 1947 deaths | Baseball players | Boston Braves players | Chicago Cubs players | Cincinnati Reds players | Baseball stubs ... Theodore Bernard Ted Kluszewski (September 10, 1924 - March 29, 1988), nicknamed Big Klu, was a slugging first baseman who played in Major League Baseball between 1947 and 1961. ... Harvey Edward Kuenn (December 4, 1930 - February 28, 1988) was an American player, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Joseph Anthony (Joe) Kuhel (June 25, 1906 - February 26, 1984) was a first baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Vernon Sanders Law (Born March 12, 1930 in Meridian, Idaho) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Samuel Leever ( December 23, 1871 - May 19, 1953), nicknamed The Goshen Schoolmaster, was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Michael Stephen Lolich (born September 12, 1940) was a baseball player. ... John Sherman Lollar (August 23, 1924 - September 24, 1977) was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians (1946), New York Yankees (1947-1948), St. ... Categories: Stub | Baseball players | Major league shortstops | Kansas City Cowboys players | Boston Beaneaters players | New York Highlanders players | Detroit Tigers players | Philadelphia Phillies players | 1866 births | 1909 deaths ... Edmund Walter Eddie Lopat (originally Lopatynski) (June 21, 1918 - June 15, 1992) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Adolfo Luque (Dolf) (1890 - 1957) was a significant Cuban baseball player. ... Albert Walter Sparky Lyle (born July 22, 1944) is an American former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Salvatore Anthony Maglie (April 26, 1917-December 28, 1992) was a Major League Baseball player for the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and St. ... James William Maloney (born June 2, 1940 in Fresno, California) was a righthanded pitcher in American Major League Baseball who played with the Cincinnati Reds (1960-70) and California Angels (1971). ... Frederick Firpo Marberry (November 30, 1898 - June 30, 1976) was an American right-handed starting and relief pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1923 to 1936, most notably with the Washington Senators. ... Martin Whiteford Marion (born December 1, 1917 in Richburg, South Carolina) is a former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985), was a baseball player primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961 on the last day of the season. ... Michael Grant Marshall (born January 15, 1943 in Adrian, Michigan) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Johnny Leonard Roosevelt “Pepper” Martin (February 29, 1904 - March 5, 1965) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Lee Andrew May (born March 23, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former first baseman/designated hitter in Major League Baseball. ... Carl William Mays (November 12, 1891 - April 4, 1971) was one of the better right-handed pitchers in Major League Baseball from 1916-1926, but he is best remembered for throwing the pitch that struck Ray Chapman in the head on August 16, 1920, making Chapman the only on-field... James Timothy Tim McCarver (born October 16, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former catcher in Major League Baseball and a current broadcaster. ... Frank Andrew McCormick (b. ... Lyndall Dale McDaniel (born December 13, 1935 in Hollis, Oklahoma) is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who had a 21-year career from 1955 to 1975. ... Gilbert James McDougald (born May 19, 1928) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Samuel Edward Thomas McDowell (born September 21, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, playing his first 11 seasons for the Cleveland Indians before a 1971 trade to the San Francisco Giants and subsequent stints with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates. ... John Phalen (Stuffy) McInnis (September 19, 1890 - February 16, 1960) was a first baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Dennis Dale Denny McLain (born March 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American professional baseball player. ... Roy David McMillan (July 17, 1929 - November 2, 1997) was a shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball. ... David Arthur (Dave) McNally (October 31, 1942–December 1, 2002) was a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher from 1962 until 1975. ... John Alexander (Andy) Messersmith (born August 6, 1945 in Toms River, New Jersey) was a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher from 1968 until 1979. ... Bob Meusel (July 19, 1896 - November 28, 1977) was a member of the fabled Murderer’s Row of the New York Yankees (generally batting fifth behind Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig). ... Minnie Miñoso [me-NYO-so] (born November 29, 1922 in Havana [or Matanzas ?], Cuba), born Saturnino Orestes Armas Miñoso Arrieta, is a former star left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Terry Bluford Moore (May 27, 1912, Vernon, Alabama - March 29, 1995, Collinsville, Illinois) was a talented center fielder for the St. ... Thurman Lee Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball who played with the New York Yankees from 1969 to 1979. ... Bobby Murcer (b. ... John Joseph Murphy (July 14, 1908 - January 14, 1970), nicknamed Fordham Johnny and Grandma, was a hugely successful American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball (1932, 1934-43, 1946-47) who later became a front office executive in the game. ... Charles Solomon Buddy Myer (March 16, 1904 _ October 31, 1974) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball from 1925 to 1941. ... Arthur Neukom Nehf (July 31, 1892 - December 18, 1960) was a mostly starting pitcher in Major League Baseball in the 1910s and 20s. ... Donald Newcombe (born June 14, 1926 in Madison, New Jersey), nicknamed Newk, is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher and left-handed batter who played for the Dodgers teams (Brooklyn, 1949-51, and Los Angeles, 1954-58), Cincinnati Reds (1958-60) and Cleveland Indians (1960). ... Louis Bobo Newsom, (1907-1962), also known as Buck, was a Major League Baseball pitcher for a number of teams from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. ... Francis Lefty ODoul (March 4, 1897 - December 7, 1969) was a left-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox from 1919 to 1923, before converting to an outfielder for the New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers from 1928 to 1934. ... Pedro Oliva López (born July 20, 1940) in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, better known as Tony Oliva, is a former Major League Baseball rightfielder who played his entire career in the American League for the Minnesota Twins between 1962 and 1976. ... Claude Wilson Osteen Jr. ... Andy Pafko was a popular major league baseball outfielder from the early 1940s through the late 1950s. ... Milton Stephen (Milt) Pappas (born May 11, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Camilo Alberto Pascual Lus (January 20, 1934 Havana, Cuba - ) was a pitcher who had an 18 year career from 1954 to 1971. ... James Evan Perry, Jr. ... John Michael Pesky (born John Michael Paveskovich September 27, 1919 in Portland, Oregon) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop/third baseman who played in the American League from 1942 to 1954. ... Americo Peter Rico Petrocelli (born June 27, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman who played his entire career in the American League for the Boston Red Sox (1963-1976). ... Charles Louis Deacon Phillippe (originally Phillippi) (May 23, 1872-March 30, 1952) was a turn-of-the-century pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Walter William Billy Pierce (born April 2, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who played with the Detroit Tigers (1945, 1948), Chicago White Sox (1949-61) and San Francisco Giants (1962-64). ... Vada Edward Pinson, Jr. ... Walter Clement Pipp (February 17, 1893 - January 11, 1965) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball, now best remembered as the man who lost his starting role to Lou Gehrig at the beginning of Gehrigs streak of 2,130 consecutive games. ... John Joseph Johnny Podres (born September 30, 1932 in Witherbee, New York) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who played with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1953-55, 1957-67); Detroit Tigers (1966-67), and San Diego Padres (1969). ... John Wesley Powell (born August 17, 1941 in Lakeland, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Baltimore Orioles (1961-74), Cleveland Indians (1975-76) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1977). ... John Quinn Picus, known better as Jack Quinn, (July 5, 1883 - April 17, 1946) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Victor John Angelo Vic Raschi (March 28, 1919-October 14, 1988) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Ed Reulbach was a major league baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs during their Glory Years of the early 1900s. ... Allie Pierce Reynolds (February 10, 1917 _ December 26, 1994) (known as the Superchief) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Edwin Americus Rommel (September 13, 1897 _ August 26, 1970) was an American right_handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1920 to 1932 who went on to have a successful second career as a major league umpire. ... Charles Henry Root (March 17, 1899 - November 5, 1970) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs for sixteen seasons from 1926 to 1941. ... Al Rosen (right) on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1955. ... Lynwood Thomas Schoolboy Rowe (January 11, 1910 _ January 8, 1961) was an American right_handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, primarily for the Detroit Tigers, during the 1930s and 1940s. ... James Edward Pete Runnels (January 28, 1928 - May 20, 1991) was a Major League Baseball infielder who played for the Washington Senators (1951-57), Boston Red Sox (1958-62) and Houston Colt . ... Jimmy Ryan of the Washington Senators at South Side Park in 1903. ... Johnny Sain (born September 25, 1917) was an American Major League Baseball player. ... Ron Santo, throwing out first pitch at Wrigley Field Ronald Edward Santo (born February 25, 1940 in Seattle, Washington) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ... Henry John (Hank) Sauer (March 17, 1917 - August 24, 2001) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Wally Schang with the Philadelphia Athletics, American League (circa 1915) Walter Henry (Wally) Schang (August 22, 1889 - March 6, 1965) was a catcher in Major League Baseball. ... George Charles Scott, Jr. ... James Robert Shawkey (December 4, 1890 - December 31, 1980) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Yankees from 1913 to 1927. ... Urban James Shocker born Urbain Jacques Shockor (August 22, 1892 - September 9, 1928) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees and St. ... Roy Sievers - Topps baseball card - 1956 Series, #75 Roy Edward Sievers (born November 18, 1926 in St. ... Curtis Thomas Simmons (born May 19, 1929, in Egypt, Pennsylvania), was a left-handed pitcher in American Major League Baseball from 1947-50 and 1952-67. ... Carl Reginald Smith (born April 2, 1945 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA) is a former outfielder, coach and front office executive in American Major League Baseball. ... Vernon Decatur Stephens (October 23, 1920 - November 3, 1968) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played 15 seasons in the American League for four different teams. ... Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Melvin Leon Stottlemyre, Sr. ... Harry Stovey on a 1887-1890 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Old Judge (N172)). Harry Duffield Stovey, born Harry Duffield Stowe (December 20, 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - September 20, 1937 in New Bedford, Massachusetts), was a Major League Baseball player for the Worcester Ruby Legs (1880-1882), Philadelphia Athletics (1883-1889... Antonio Nemesio (Tony) Taylor (born December 19, 1935 in Matanzas, Cuba) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball. ... John Ellis Temple (August 8, 1927 - January 9, 1994) was a Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Cincinnati teams Redlegs (1952-59) and Reds (1964); Cleveland Indians (1960-61), Baltimore Orioles (1962) and Houston Colt . ... Frederick Tenney (November 26, 1871 - July 3, 1952) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Beaneaters/Doves/Braves (1894-1907, 1911) and New York Giants (1908-1909). ... Robert Brown Bobby Thomson (born October 25, 1923 in Glasgow, Scotland), nicknamed The Staten Island Scot, is a Scottish-American former Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the New York Giants (1946-53, 1957), Milwaukee Braves (1954-57), Chicago Cubs (1958-59), Boston Red Sox... Luis Tiant [loo-IS tee-ANT] (born November 23, 1940 in Marianao, Cuba), born Luis Clemente Tiant Vega, is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians (1964-1969), Minnesota Twins (1970), Boston Red Sox (1971-1978), New York Yankees (1979-80... Michael Joseph (Silent Mike) Tiernan was an early baseball player. ... Joe Torre returning to the dugout, September 2005. ... Cecil Howard Travis (born August 8, 1913was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball from 1933 to 1947. ... Picture of slugger, Hal Trosky Hal Trosky (November 11, 1912 - June 18, 1979) (born Harold Arthur Trojovsky) was a major league first basemen for the Cleveland Indians (1933-1941) and the Chicago White Sox (1944, 1946). ... Virgil Oliver Trucks (born April 26, 1917 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... John Samuel Vander Meer born November 2, 1914 - October 6, 1997 in Prospect Park, New Jersey was a Major League Baseball pitcher. ... George Van Haltren (March 30, 1866 - September 29, 1945) was mostly a major league outfielder, but also pitched and played short stop infrequently. ... Robert Hayes Bobby Veach (June 29, 1888 - August 7, 1945) was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Detroit Tigers. ... Mickey Vernon, playing for Washington James Barton Vernon (Mickey) (born April 22, 1918 in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Washington Senators (1939-1948, 1950-1955) for the majority of his career, plus 4 other teams: the Cleveland Indians (1949-1950, 1958), the Boston... Fred Dixie Walker (September 24, 1910 - May 17, 1982) was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees (1931, 1933-36), Chicago White Sox (1936-37), Detroit Tigers (1938-39), Brooklyn Dodgers (1939-47) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1948-49). ... William Henry Bucky Walters (April 19, 1909 - April 20, 1991) was a American Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher. ... Lon Warneke (March 28, 1909 Mount Ida, AR - June 23, 1976 Hot Springs, AR) was an American baseball player who played for two teams, the Chicago Cubs and the St. ... Will White (Full name William Henry White) was a major league pitcher who made his debut on July 20, 1877 with The Boston Red Caps at the age of 23. ... Cy Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies at Weeghman Field in 1922. ... Kenneth Roy Williams (June 28, 1890 - January 22, 1959) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball who led the American League in 1922 with 39 home runs and 155 RBIs. ... Maurice Morning Maury Wills (born October 2, 1932 in Washington, DC) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitting batter who played most prominently with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1959-66, 1969-72), and also with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1967-68) and Montreal Expos (1969). ... Smokey Joe Wood (October 25, 1889 - July 27, 1985) was a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. ... Wilbur Wood (born October 22, 1941 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is a former Major League Baseball knuckleball pitcher, for the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, and most notably, the Chicago White Sox where he got 163 of his 164 wins. ... James Sherman Jimmy Wynn (born March 12, 1942 in Hamilton, Ohio), nicknamed The Toy Cannon, is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, and Milwaukee Brewers. ... Preston Rudolph York (August 17, 1913 - February 5, 1970) was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Detroit Tigers (1934, 1937-45), Boston Red Sox (1946-47), Chicago White Sox (1947) and Philadelphia Athletics (1948). ...


The 200 players were almost evenly divided between players retired less than 50 years (99 players retired from 1955 to 1983) and those retired over 50 years (101 players retired 1954 or earlier). The list of 200 was almost identical to the list prepared for the 2003 election; apart from the eight players who were newly eligible, only Larry Doyle, Andy Pafko and Smokey Joe Wood were added to the list, for a net change of 11 individuals. Perhaps due to the reliance on official statistics – often incomplete in the sport's early years – provided by the Elias Sports Bureau, the committee included very few players from the sport's first half-century, which remained poorly represented in the Hall; only 15 players were included who made their debut before 1893. Although the Hall's current membership included less than a dozen non-pitchers of the 1870s and 1880s, compared to nearly 50 from the 1930s and 1940s, the committee included nearly 50 more players from the period between 1920 and 1945, but only 7 who played primarily in the 25 years before 1893: first baseman/outfielder Harry Stovey, shortstop Jack Glasscock, outfielder Pete Browning, and pitchers Charlie Buffinton, Bob Caruthers, Tony Mullane and Will White. The inclusion of Will White was remarkable in that his brother Deacon White is widely accepted as having been a far greater player. In addition to Deacon White, stars of the 19th century who were omitted included Paul Hines, Deacon McGuire, Cupid Childs, Bobby Lowe, George Gore, Hardy Richardson, Ezra Sutton, Arlie Latham, Fred Pfeffer and Joe Start. Broken down by primary position, the 200 players included: Larry Doyle on a 1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card. ... Andy Pafko was a popular major league baseball outfielder from the early 1940s through the late 1950s. ... Smokey Joe Wood (October 25, 1889 - July 27, 1985) was a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. ... The Elias Sports Bureau is a company that provide historical research and statistical services in the field of professional sports. ... Deacon White (December 7, 1847 - July 7, 1939), born James Laurie White, was an American professional baseball player in the National Association and Major League Baseball. ... Paul Lorenzo Hines is a beloved football coach and was the inspiration for Denzel Washingtons character in the Disney film, Remember the Titans. ... James Thomas Deacon McGuire (November 18, 1863 - October 31, 1936) was an American catcher, manager and coach in Major League Baseball who spent over a quarter of a century playing professional baseball in a much-traveled career which saw him set several records for durability. ... Clarence Algernon Cupid Childs (August 14, 1867 - November 8, 1912) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball with a 13-season career from 1888, 1890-1901, playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Spiders, St. ... Bobby Lowe (left) with infield teammates Fred Tenney (top), Herman Long (right) and Jimmy Collins (below) Robert Lincoln Lowe (July 10, 1865 - December 8, 1951), called Bobby Lowe and nicknamed Link, was a Major League Baseball player and manager who played for the Boston Beaneaters (1890-1901), Chicago Cubs (1902... Hardy Richardson (April 21, 1855 - January 14, 1931) was a second basemen and outfielder mostly, in the Major Leagues for a number of teams throughout the 19th century. ... Ezra Ballou Sutton (September 17, 1850 - June 20, 1907) was an American third baseman in the National Association and Major League Baseball from 1871-1888. ... Walter Arlington Latham (March 15, 1860-November 29, 1952) was an American baseball player from 1880 -1909. ... Nathaniel Frederick Pfeffer was an early baseball player. ... Joseph Start (October 14, 1842 - March 27, 1927), sometimes called Old Reliable, was one of the biggest stars of baseballs earliest era, and certainly the top first baseman of his time. ...


Starting pitchers (66), relief pitchers (9), catchers (10), first basemen (24), second basemen (8), third basemen (13), shortstops (19), left fielders (18), center fielders (17) and right fielders (16).


Final ballot

On December 6, 2004, the final ballot of 25 candidates was announced. Those selected played primarily from the 1950s onward, with only 5 of the 20 candidates having retired before 1960, and only three pitchers – Smokey Joe Wood, Carl Mays and Wes Ferrell – having retired before 1950. The BBWAA screening committee had failed to include any candidates from the era before 1910. This likely reflected a tendency among the voting writers to vote only for those players they had seen themselves, and to withhold votes from earlier players. December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


All 60 living members of the Hall were eligible to cast ballots in the final election, along with the 8 living recipients of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, the 14 living recipients of the Ford C. Frick Award, and the sole additional member of the pre-2001 Veterans Committee whose term has not yet expired (John McHale). Balloting was conducted by mail in January 2005, with voters permitted to vote for up to 10 candidates from the ballot of 25 individuals; all candidates who received at least 75% of the vote would be elected. Results of the voting by the Veterans Committee were announced on March 2. The J.G. Taylor Spink Award is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers Association of America to its members. ... The Ford C. Frick Award is an award bestowed annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball. ... John Joseph McHale (born September 21, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American baseball player and executive. ... March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ...


There were 83 eligible voters, 80 of whom cast ballots; 60 votes were required for election. In all, 458 individual votes were cast, for an average of 5.73 votes per ballot. For the second consecutive Veterans Committee election, no player was elected. Of the 21 candidates who were also on the 2003 ballot, only 7 gained more votes in 2005, with only Joe Torre (7), Ron Santo (6) and Ken Boyer (4) increasing their totals by more than two votes. Candidates who were considered by the Committee for the first time are indicated here with a †. The complete ballot, with the number of votes cast for each candidate, was:

Gil Hodges (April 4, 1924 - April 2, 1972) was an American baseball player in Major League Baseball. ... Ron Santo, throwing out first pitch at Wrigley Field Ronald Edward Santo (born February 25, 1940 in Seattle, Washington) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ... Pedro Oliva López (born July 20, 1940) in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, better known as Tony Oliva, is a former Major League Baseball rightfielder who played his entire career in the American League for the Minnesota Twins between 1962 and 1976. ... Pitcher Jim Kaat James Lee Kaat (born November 7, 1938 in Zeeland, Michigan), nicknamed Kitty, is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Washington Senators (I)/Minnesota Twins (1959-1973), Chicago White Sox (1973-1975), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-1979), New York Yankees (1979-1980), and St. ... Joe Torre returning to the dugout, September 2005. ... Maurice Morning Maury Wills (born October 2, 1932 in Washington, DC) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitting batter who played most prominently with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1959-66, 1969-72), and also with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1967-68) and Montreal Expos (1969). ... Vada Edward Pinson, Jr. ... Luis Tiant [loo-IS tee-ANT] (born November 23, 1940 in Marianao, Cuba), born Luis Clemente Tiant Vega, is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians (1964-1969), Minnesota Twins (1970), Boston Red Sox (1971-1978), New York Yankees (1979-80... Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985), was a baseball player primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961 on the last day of the season. ... Martin Whiteford Marion (born December 1, 1917 in Richburg, South Carolina) is a former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Kenton Lloyd Boyer (May 20, 1931 - September 7, 1982) was an American All-Star third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Joseph Lowell Flash Gordon (February 18, 1915 - April 14, 1978) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Dick Allen Richard Anthony Dick Allen (also sometimes known, especially in his earlier years, as Richie Allen, a nickname that he came to despise and attempt to disassociate himself from) (born March 8, 1942 in Wampum, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman/third baseman right-handed batter... Carl William Mays (November 12, 1891 - April 4, 1971) was one of the better right-handed pitchers in Major League Baseball from 1916-1926, but he is best remembered for throwing the pitch that struck Ray Chapman in the head on August 16, 1920, making Chapman the only on-field... Minnie Miñoso [me-NYO-so] (born November 29, 1922 in Havana [or Matanzas ?], Cuba), born Saturnino Orestes Armas Miñoso Arrieta, is a former star left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Curt Flood challenged Major League Baseballs reserve clause. ... Wes Ferrell with the Red Sox Wesley Cheek Ferrell (February 2, 1908 - December 9, 1976) was a right-handed pitcher also known for his hitting, and a member of the first American League All-Star team in 1933. ... Michael Stephen Lolich (born September 12, 1940) was a baseball player. ... Donald Newcombe (born June 14, 1926 in Madison, New Jersey), nicknamed Newk, is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher and left-handed batter who played for the Dodgers teams (Brooklyn, 1949-51, and Los Angeles, 1954-58), Cincinnati Reds (1958-60) and Cleveland Indians (1960). ... Albert Walter Sparky Lyle (born July 22, 1944) is an American former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Elston Gene Howard (February 23, 1929-December 14, 1980) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Bobby Lee Bonds (March 15, 1946 – August 23, 2003) was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1968 to 1981. ... Rocky Colavito on the cover of Time in 1959 Rocco Domenico Rocky Colavito (born August 10, 1933 in New York, NY) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder (primarily playing right field, but also at the other outfield positions, as well as a small number of games as a pitcher... Thurman Lee Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball who played with the New York Yankees from 1969 to 1979. ... Smokey Joe Wood (October 25, 1889 - July 27, 1985) was a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. ...

Reaction

Hall of Fame chairwoman Jane Forbes Clark responded to the Committee's failure to elect anyone by saying: "The results of the last two elections show that the writers – by and large – have done a great job of electing players to the Hall of Fame. The current process works by upholding the Hall of Fame's high standards for election and by providing a more open, more inclusive and more understandable process." Noting that the top candidates gained slightly from the 2003 voting, she added: "What's encouraging for me is that this shows the process to be dynamic, not static."


Hall of Fame member Tom Seaver, noting that he had voted for three candidates including Gil Hodges, said of the chances of future selections: "I'm of the opinion it's going to be awfully hard, and maybe that's how it should be." He added: "Will somebody make it out of this committee one day? Absolutely. I'm convinced they will." George Thomas Seaver (born November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who broke into the major leagues in 1967 and retired in 1986. ...


But response from observers in the press and throughout baseball was widely critical. Stephen Cannella of Sports Illustrated wrote: "Seaver's right. Hall of Fame standards should be high. But letting the inmates play gatekeeper allows them to make those standards unreachable. ... it might be too much to ask Hall of Famers to be guardians of their realm. ... Would you want to belong to a club that would have anyone else as a member?" The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune wrote: "And once again these gentlemen made it crystal clear they like their society being extremely exclusive. They act as aristocratically as a board from a private school or a homeowners association in the Hamptons. ... if the vote were left strictly to former players, they might not let another soul in." The Chicago Tribune, formerly self-styled as the Worlds Greatest Newspaper, remains one of the principal daily newspapers of the midwestern United States. ...


Dave Anderson wrote in The New York Times: "It's time not only for the Cooperstown pooh-bahs to rethink this realigned committee's selection process, but also to question the responsibility of the do-nothing committee ... after two veterans committee shutouts, it's fair to wonder how responsibly do the Hall of Famers, especially the 58 ex-players among them, take their duty as voters? Do they really study the two pages of statistics, rankings and highlights supplied to them for each of the 25 candidates on the ballot – particularly those of players from other eras whom they never competed against and probably know nothing about? Do they just glance at the list and make a snap judgment?" The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ...


Some writers specifically lamented the failure to elect particular candidates. Ken Rosenthal wrote for The Sporting News: "The writers blew it, and now the Veterans Committee is blowing it. Former Cubs third baseman Ron Santo should be in the Hall of Fame. Santo's career .826 OPS is more than 100 points higher than Brooks Robinson's and is only 30 points lower than George Brett's. Nine All-Star Games, five Gold Gloves – what exactly is the problem?" And Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote: "Another exercise in futility by the new and expanded Veterans Committee has again left Gil Hodges waiting on the Hall of Fame doorstep." The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... In baseball statistics, on-base plus slugging (denoted by OPS) incorporates on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG). ... Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. ... Brett batting George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former American baseball player. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the position players and by the manager for pitchers. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Daily News Building, Raymond Hood, architect, rendering by Hugh Ferriss. ...


Candidate Tony Oliva responded to the election by saying: "It's almost impossible to go into the Hall of Fame the way the system is now. It's ridiculous." And Ron Santo said: "It was a very tough day. ... I'm fortunate to have a wonderful family that puts everything into perspective. ... It was hard to believe no one got in. One thing I can say is the next time I won't be sitting at home waiting for the phone."


J.G. Taylor Spink Award

The J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented by the BBWAA annually at the induction ceremonies since 1962, is given to a sportswriter "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing". The recipient is not considered to be a member of the Hall, but is permanently recognized in an exhibit at the museum, and if living becomes a member of the Veterans Committee for life. The J.G. Taylor Spink Award is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers Association of America to its members. ... Sportswriting (also sports writing) is a form of journalism that reports on sports topics and events. ...


Three final candidates, selected by a BBWAA committee, were named on July 13, 2004 in Houston in conjunction with All-Star Game activities; the finalists were: Peter Gammons of The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine; the late Vern Plagenhoef, who covered the Detroit Tigers for Michigan's Booth Newspaper Group; and Tracy Ringolsby, who has covered the Colorado Rockies for the Rocky Mountain News since 1993 and has completed 30 seasons as a baseball writer. All 10-year members of the BBWAA were eligible to cast ballots in voting conducted by mail in November. July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... – ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the position players and by the manager for pitchers. ... Peter Gammons (born April 9, 1945) is a sportswriter and media personality. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1998-present) East Division (1969-1997) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (9) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1940 1935 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1909 â€¢ 1908 1907 Central Division titles (0) None East Division Champs (3) 1987 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1972... Major league affiliations National League (1993-present) West Division (1993-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (0) None Wild card berths (1) 1995 Major league nicknames Colorado Rockies (1993-present) Major league home ballparks Coors Field (1995-present) Mile High... The Rocky Mountain News is a daily morning tabloid-format newspaper published in Denver, Colorado. ...


On December 12, 2004, Peter Gammons was announced as the recipient, having received 248 votes out of the 448 ballots cast, with Ringolsby receiving 134 votes and Plagenhoef receiving 66. December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ...


Ford C. Frick Award

The recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented at the induction ceremonies annually since 1978 to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball", is not considered to be a member of the Hall, but is permanently recognized in an exhibit at the museum and, if living, also becomes a life member of the Veterans Committee. To be eligible, an active or retired broadcaster must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, a network, or a combination of the two; more than 160 candidates were eligible. The Ford C. Frick Award is an award bestowed annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball. ...


On December 13, 2004, 10 finalists were announced. In accordance with guidelines established in 2003, seven were chosen by a research committee at the museum: Jerry Coleman, Ken Coleman, Dizzy Dean, Gene Elston, Tony Kubek, France Laux and Graham McNamee. Three additional candidates – Dave Niehaus, Tom Cheek and Ron Santo – were selected in voting by over 65,000 fans prior to November 2004 at the Hall's official website [1]. December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Gerald Francis Jerry Coleman (born September 14, 1924) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman and, currently, a play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres. ... Kenneth R. Coleman (April 22, 1925 - August 21, 2003) was an American radio and television sportscaster for 34 years (1954 - 1989). ... Jay Hanna Dizzy Dean (January 16, 1910–July 17, 1974) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Anthony Christopher Kubek (born October 12, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a retired American baseball player and television broadcaster. ... Graham McNamee (July 10, 1888 - May 9, 1942) was a pioneering broadcaster in American radio, the mediums most recognized national personality in its first commercial decade. ... Dave Niehaus (born in Princeton, Indiana) is an American sportscaster. ... Thomas F. Cheek (June 13, 1939 - October 9, 2005) was an American broadcaster who announced Major League Baseball games for the Toronto Blue Jays on radio from the teams establishment in 1977 until 2004. ... Ron Santo, throwing out first pitch at Wrigley Field Ronald Edward Santo (born February 25, 1940 in Seattle, Washington) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ...


On February 22, Jerry Coleman was announced as the 2005 recipient [2]; a former major league infielder and the voice of the San Diego Padres almost continuously since 1972, he was selected in a January vote by a 20-member committee composed of the 14 living recipients, along with six additional broadcasting historians or columnists: Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (The Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of New York Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian), Curt Smith (historian) and Larry Stewart (Los Angeles Times). Committee members are asked to base the selection on the following criteria: longevity; continuity with a club; honors, including national assignments such as the World Series and All-Star Games; and popularity with fans. February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (2) 1998 â€¢ 1984 West Division titles (4) 2005 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 â€¢ 1984 Wild card berths (0) None Major league nicknames San Diego Padres (1969-present) Major league home ballparks PETCO... See also: 1971 in sports, other events of 1972, 1973 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: February 20: A.J. Foyt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Mark Donohue USAC Racing - Joe Leonard won the season championship Formula... Robert Quinlan Costas, also known as Bob Costas (born March 22, 1952 in Queens, New York) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas area. ... Newsday is a daily tabloid-size newspaper which primarily serves Long Island and the New York City borough of Queens, although it is sold throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area. ... The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the western United States. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the position players and by the manager for pitchers. ...



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Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 2005 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1999 words)
The 2005 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001.
Balloting was conducted by mail in January 2005, with voters permitted to vote for up to 10 candidates from the ballot of 25 individuals; all candidates who received at least 75% of the vote would be elected.
Hall of Fame chairwoman Jane Forbes Clark responded to the Committee's failure to elect anyone by saying: "The results of the last two elections show that the writers – by and large – have done a great job of electing players to the Hall of Fame.
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